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    Hi @Just*Ace,
    Wow that's amazing how you've been able to get pregnant so quickly after your laps after not having success for so long! Definitely gives me and others hope.

    Good on you for pushing to have it investigated rather than just continuing with IVF. My FS luckily is very good and very results focused so did recommend a lap and said she definitely wouldn't recommend endless rounds without further investigation. I'm glad to have decided to do the lap first before going down the IUI or IVF path. Want to maximise my chances first, and I might even get lucky naturally like you!

    I was lucky she was very supportive and happy to refer me on to my surgeon too. Especially since she could have done the lap (given it was only a possible suspected case at that stage).

    So I'd definitely recommend that if a women suspects endo could be likely, then make sure you push for that referral to an expert endo surgeon, it's well worth at least another opinion!
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    Hi @babyla,

    Thanks for sharing your story too. Wow, it's amazing what a lap and taking time to focus on your wellbeing can do. Great to hear such a positive story!
    Funny with the business - hope you've been able to build it even with another Bub coming into the picture! Xx
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    Hi @LisaAu77,

    Sounds like you & I have very similar experiences! I hope I get a similar resolution of bowel issues! And that's awesome to hear IVF was so fast for you, and that the lap really does help.

    Yes, doctors are very picky when choosing doctors for themselves or their family. Lucky you had your hubby to scrutinise! People put so much trust in their doctor, but it's very hard for anyone to be a total expert in every aspect of gynaecological health (and especially endo which is still lacks a deep awareness), so it's important to find the right expert who can best help.
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    Thanks for the great info

    I'm having a lap next month to look for possible endo. I have none of the obvious symptoms, have a DS conceived with IVF and numerous failed attempts. So they are going to have a look for it just so they can rule it out after so many failures.

    I'll let you know if I'm another 'silent' sufferer 😄

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    Thanks for posting this.

    I've recently been diagnosed with ibs, but I have my doubts.

    When I was on the normal pill my 'ibs' symptoms were always worse around that time of the month. It took 8 months to fall pregnant with my first, for the first trimester my bowel issues were horrendous. Towards the end of my pregnancy they basically disappeared. After Bub they pretty much went but gradually came back.

    I had a migrated iud in 2014 (it ended up near my bowel and appendix. Had to have laparoscopy to have it removed. Wondering if this has contributed to anything.

    Last year we conceived our second Bub, I had one horrific period coming off the pill and fell pregnant. Which shocked us quite a bit after taking a while the first time. When we went for our first ultrasound they found a 6cm cyst. Everything was fine in the end and I delivered our second dd in Dec.

    Since then my ibs symptoms have been awful, pushing me for the first time in probably 6 years to actually seek some answers.

    The gp asked some questions, did bloods, urine and stool sample. When the results come back he said it was most likely anxiety related ibs and gave me a phone number to call.

    I'm currently on the mini pill and experiencing similar pain to when they found the cyst.

    May be time to go see a gyno!

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    @Gesiet Good move on going straight to an excision specialist! I wasted 17 years with a gyno who was not an expert in endo and I wish I could turn back the clock and do things differently. But you are in excellent hands with Dr WW. He has been helping me manage stage 4 endo for a few years now and I couldn't say a bad word about him (he has operated on me 3 times). I am now 21 weeks pregnant with twins trough ivf and I firmly believe I would never have gotten this far without Dr WWs mad surgical skillz All the best for your surgery next month - I hope it goes well and you have a smooth recovery!

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    Quote Originally Posted by two souls View Post
    Thanks for the great info

    I'm having a lap next month to look for possible endo. I have none of the obvious symptoms, have a DS conceived with IVF and numerous failed attempts. So they are going to have a look for it just so they can rule it out after so many failures.

    I'll let you know if I'm another 'silent' sufferer ������
    Hi Two Souls,

    Thanks for sharing your story. I hope the lap will help you find some answers. Wishing you all the best for it xx

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    Quote Originally Posted by RM05MB View Post
    Thanks for posting this.

    I've recently been diagnosed with ibs, but I have my doubts.

    When I was on the normal pill my 'ibs' symptoms were always worse around that time of the month. It took 8 months to fall pregnant with my first, for the first trimester my bowel issues were horrendous. Towards the end of my pregnancy they basically disappeared. After Bub they pretty much went but gradually came back.

    I had a migrated iud in 2014 (it ended up near my bowel and appendix. Had to have laparoscopy to have it removed. Wondering if this has contributed to anything.

    Last year we conceived our second Bub, I had one horrific period coming off the pill and fell pregnant. Which shocked us quite a bit after taking a while the first time. When we went for our first ultrasound they found a 6cm cyst. Everything was fine in the end and I delivered our second dd in Dec.

    Since then my ibs symptoms have been awful, pushing me for the first time in probably 6 years to actually seek some answers.

    The gp asked some questions, did bloods, urine and stool sample. When the results come back he said it was most likely anxiety related ibs and gave me a phone number to call.

    I'm currently on the mini pill and experiencing similar pain to when they found the cyst.

    May be time to go see a gyno!
    Hi @RM05MB,

    You are definitely right to have your doubts, especially if you've been having some of the symptoms they list for endo. I've also read that for some people anxiety is also a symptom of endo too. Many people go for years thinking the pain/symptoms are all in their head, having been told that by family, friends or doctors. The longer it's left, the worse it can get too, which makes surgery a bigger job. Pelvic twinges, tweaks and random pulsing pain can all be signs of endo. And cyclical bowel issues is a red flag for sure.

    Your idea of seeing a gyno sounds like a good plan. If you do, I'd recommend you do your research and find an endometriosis excision surgery specialist (rather than a general gynecologist) and ask your GP to refer you to them. They see cases everyday and if it's relatively severe, they can sometimes just tell by taking your history and doing an ultrasound (like in my case). At the very least, they will listen to your concerns and take you seriously. The ECCA site lists some very good ones, or you could also join a private endo support group on Facebook (like Endometriosis Australia Discussion Group) and people in there will be more than willing to recommend some good specialists for you to consider.

    Wishing you all the best! xx
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrsChino View Post
    @Gesiet Good move on going straight to an excision specialist! I wasted 17 years with a gyno who was not an expert in endo and I wish I could turn back the clock and do things differently. But you are in excellent hands with Dr WW. He has been helping me manage stage 4 endo for a few years now and I couldn't say a bad word about him (he has operated on me 3 times). I am now 21 weeks pregnant with twins trough ivf and I firmly believe I would never have gotten this far without Dr WWs mad surgical skillz All the best for your surgery next month - I hope it goes well and you have a smooth recovery!
    Hi @MrsChino!

    Wow, great to hear that you have found Dr WW to be so good. It's really reassuring to hear especially as I'm a bit nervous about surgery!

    Yep, I think it's absolutely worth risking being seen as a bit OTT by requesting to go to an excision specialist. In my case, it was a possitbility that I had some endo, but now that I know it's Stage 4, having a lap with my FS would most likely have meant that I would have had two operations following on from each other.

    Congrats on your pregnancy - twins!!! So exciting for you, just wonderful to hear!

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    @MrsChino a massive congrats! Hope the rest of your pregnancy is uneventful and your twinnies are born safe and sound. Such an exciting time!!
    @Gesiet thanks so much for your reply and the info. It's so hard to know where to even begin! Dh has been onto me for a while to get it sorted out but living rural makes it hard. I'll check out the sites you've suggested and hopefully find someone that knows their stuff.

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